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Marquette senior Marissa Gama (seated, center) signs to play basketball at IVCC. She was joined at the signing by her parents, Louie and Jackie Gama (seated) and Marquette coach Todd Hopkins. NewsTribune photo/Brandon LaChance
OTTAWA — A young girl’s idea became a reality Wednesday when Marquette’s Marissa Gama signed to play basketball at IVCC.
“I’m real excited to play and I always wanted to play college basketball. It has been my dream and I’m excited to play at IV because I know a lot of people there and it’s just familiar faces that I always get to see,” Gama said.
Gama averaged 13 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a senior and earned NewsTribune All-Area Second-Team honors.
“I tell the story, I don’t know what grade she was in — she was about knee high — and she was our ball girl when we had those runs to the Supers. She kind of followed us all the way up. It’s kind of amazing to see her now signing,” Marquette coach Todd Hopkins said.
The progress of Gama’s game came from a lot of hard work as she started at point guard for the sophomore team as a freshman, Hopkins said. She saw some varsity minutes as a sophomore and was a key player her final two seasons.
“They’re getting a good kid. She is competitive and they’ll like her over there. She’ll do a good job. I think she’ll be able to come in and knock some shots down, especially with the way they play,” Hopkins said. “I told her, ‘You’re going to have a blast playing in that offense.’”
Gama chose IVCC over Concordia University in Chicago.
“I thought I had pretty good seasons here (Marquette),” Gama said. “I got taught a lot from ‘Hop’ and I’ve learned a lot. I think I’m ready for the next level. I’ve just got to work on a few things. It’s been a great ride here.”
Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.
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